Brendan Powell banned from taking out trainer's licence for one year

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Brendan Powell

Former national hunt trainer and Grand National winning jockey Brendan Powell has been rocked with a 12 month ban from taking out his training license and has also been fined £2,500.

He was alleged to have allowed surgery to take place on a horse in his care without the owner knowing anything about the procedure.

On Thursday morning there was a panel hearing to discuss what would happen to the ex trainer and after much discussion, Powell was found in breach of rule (A) 30, conduct prejudicial to the good integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of racing, in that he failed to notify an owner that their horse was injured and required surgery, allowed the horse to have surgery without informing the owner, misled the owner about the horse's condition and made entries despite knowing the horse was unfit to race.

Overall, there was no evidence to suggest that the horses welfare was ever in doubt and the horse and owner are currently unknown having not been named during the panel hearing.

(Credit Racing Post) Powell said: "There's not a lot to say, it's there in black and white. I admitted to it so that was it really.

"It's been ongoing for three years and I am just glad it's over now."

The experienced racing figure could have see himself banned from the sport for up to three years and get a fine totalling £15,000.

However, with the current circumstances going on in the world his fine has been deferred for a further six months and he would still also be able to work in a British racing stable if he wanted to.

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